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In the Wake of the Vienna Secession

From 28 January until 7 January 2024

Creative Director: Gianfranco Iannuzzi / Design and production: Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, Massimiliano Siccardi / Graphic & Animation Design: Cutback / Production: Culturespaces Studio®

Come and discover the work of Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000).

A painter and architect, he was the inheritor of the Vienna Secession, several decades later. He embodied an artistic revival, which was heavily influenced by the revolution instigated by Klimt. His paintings and architectural work, which are firmly rooted in a respect for nature and man, embody the source of life and the elements. Like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, the artist abandoned perspective, using instead a succession of layers, and, like them, he preferred more expressive lines to the straight line, creating irregular forms. He stated that: ‘The straight line is a man-made danger because it is completely alien to mankind, to life, to all creation’.

Hundertwasser’s painting is an explosion of colour that embodies the very source of life and the natural elements, in an endless spiral. His artistic work relating to architectural and human uniformity is reinterpreted using computer graphics and video animation techniques. The area within Phoenix des Lumières is transformed into a fragmented itinerary of digitised images. The artist’s ideal city gradually emerges on the Phoenix’s monumental surfaces, in a large dynamic fresco that takes shape, composed of forms and colours that appear to the rhythm of the music. Irregular shaped windows animate brightly coloured paintings, and lines create a utopian world. Wandering around the area within the Phoenix, the visitors enter the scene and become part of the work itself through their presence.

Opening times Art Center


Please note our special opening times and the play times of the individual exhibitions.


Full rate €16
Senior rate (65 years old +) €15
Reduced rate (students, disability card-holders, unemployed and Education Pass holders) €14
Youth rate (5-17 years old) €10
Family rate (2 adults + 2 children from 5 to 17 years old) €42
Under 5 years Free
Gift-/Flexticket 25 €

*Students, trainees, people with a severely disabled person's pass (severely disabled people with the code B are entitled to take an accompanying person with them). Upon presentation of a valid receipt. An online booking for accompanying persons or children under the age of 5 is not necessary; You will receive the free ticket at the cash desk.